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If you oppose the CCSD's rate increases in the "Revised Notice" that arrived in the mail @ Aug. 20, here is a protest form you can download, print out, and submit to the CCSD. We are in the middle of a 5-year rate increase, but the District is asking for even more! What are they spending our $$'s on? Asking for more money for repairs and maintenance isn't good enough--we are already paying for them, and a lot more! Under Proposition 218, you have the right to protest the rate increases! Click Here To Download Protest Form that is opposed to ALL of the CCSD's rate increases. To be delivered to Cambria Community Service District (CCSD), Board Members FIGHT THE HIKE PETITION) The Cambria Community Services District proposes Water and Sewer rate increases of 47 percent for water and 71 percent for sewer. The rate increases are needed to cover costs to operate the Emergency Water Project and attend to long-neglected infrastructure projects, such as replacing leaky water pipes and the rusty Steward Street Water Tank. The CSD has ignored water and sewer system maintenance and upgrades in favor of constructing an expensive desalination plant to allow them to lift the Building Moratorium and add new residents. The Emergency Water Plant, which does not yet have a permit to operate and is under a Cease & Desist Order for violations, costs $1 million a year, even when it isn’t operating. It has not been operated since 2016. The district hopes to operate it later in 2018. A qualified person to operate it has not yet been hired (salary over $100,000 a year). The district certainly needs money to replace leaky pipes and water tanks. However, it’s focus has not been on taking care of business. The board and staff have turned their attention to finding New Water so Cambria can expand. Sign this petition if you think Cambria should focus its money on needed improvements for the current residents, rather than an expensive project that shows little benefit for Cambria’s present population. Background The rate increases make living in Cambria more expensive for residents who are on fixed incomes. They make it more difficult for young families to settle here. Signed "Fight The Hike" Petition Lauren Younger from Cambria, CA "Re-establish a new CCSD with policies reflecting today's needs. Use this time to think greener and protect our water and coast." Tracey Cleeland from Cambria, CA "I am extremely apposed to this increase and feel the responsibility should be on CSD." Jennifer Smith from Cambria, CA "Thanks for providing this easy to sign petition" William Kratt from Clovis, CA "CCSD has wasted enough with their high salaries and complete waste of resources." Brenda keen from Cambria, CA "If Jerry Gruber's salary wasn't so high, maybe we would have funds to cover the repairs.” Robert H Buddell from Cambria, CA "I appose the upcoming rate hikes from the CCSD. Please cut the waist and fat!!" Tina Dickason from Cambria, CA "Hi, Everyone! Here's an update on the Prop. 218 protest. Concerned Cambrians are ready to move ahead with an organized Proposition 218 Protest, opposing the Notice of Rate Increases received by Cambrians on July 20. However, that Notice had some issues, requiring the CCSD to re-notice property owners and customers. The new notice is scheduled to be mailed out August 17, and a new Hearing date has been scheduled for October 4, (more information will be provided in CCSD's notice). CCSD has decided to post a protest form on their website, but will not be including one in their mailing! That's where we hope to be of help-- a protest form will be available, once we receive the new notice of rate increases from the District. Forms will be sent out for you to download and print--and/or at the Post Office and Farmer's Market. We will also post a protest form on social media, or you can contact us directly, (see below). Also, watch for flyers and ads. in local papers. [email protected]" Debby Boutros from Cambria, CA "We should not have to pay more fees for bad choices of the CCSD I OPPOSE THESE RATE HIKES!!" Victoria Moreno from Cambria, CA "As a new business, I find this to be incredibly difficult and I oppose these rate hikes." Alan Hixson from Cambria, CA ""I oppose the upcoming rate hikes by the CCSD."" Walter Fitzhugh from Cambria, CA "Quit dumping our tax dollar in the East West ranch the vets hall and other nonessential services use them for safety (fire) and water and sewer cut the fat over head." Gisela Conrad from Cambria, CA "I oppose the upcoming rate hikes by the CCSD." Penny Fitzgerald from Cambria, CA "The bill is already outrageous! No more hikes." Tarika Ryburn from Cambria, CA "We can’t trust the money will be spent for infrastructure projects. We cannot TRUST the manager." Gary McDaniels from Cambria, CA "Fixed income will not be able to afford increase" Susan Oberholtzer from Cambria, CA "Do not raise our water rates!!!!!!" Sandi Brockway from Cambria, CA "Where has the pragmatic visionary leadership been all these decades?" Terry DeLapp from Cambria, CA "The citizens should not have to pay for bureaucratic ineptness-then or now. Fix it, without punitive increases, or resign and let someone with abilities manage." Joseph Payares from Cambria, CA "These rate increases are way too much for this community." Monica Friedlander from Cambria, CA "I understand we need to watch water usage, but at the rate costs skyrocket, we'll have to drink champagne soon because we can't afford tap water. We may also forgo showers and walk around in stinky clothes. Is this what we're aiming for? Get real." David Guido from Cambria, CA "This rate hike is excessive."